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Hazardous Material Procurement


The procurement of the following types of hazardous materials or agents have some additional restrictions not required for non-hazardous materials:

  • Organisms or agents considered to be governed by the University’s Biosafety program
  • Animals as defined by the University’s Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Chemicals or mixtures of chemicals with assigned CAS numbers
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Gas Cylinders, compressed or otherwise


The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Chemical Hygiene regulations require that an inventory of all hazardous chemicals be maintained and MSDSs for those chemicals be readily available to personnel using the materials.

The Environmental protection Agency SARA Title III regulations require that Rensselaer submit an annual report on certain types and quantities of chemicals, To ensure accurate reporting it is necessary to maintain an accurate list of quantity and location of hazardous chemicals including gases.

A newly promulgated regulation by Homeland Security further requires 60 day assessments to determine if chemicals that may be used by terrorists are present at the University and what safeguards are in place to prevent them from being stolen or misused.

Procurement Process Summary

For a complete and thorough explanation of the University’s procurement process please consult the Procurement Department. The following is a summary of requirements, not all inclusive, of the process for purchasing hazardous materials or agents:

Radioactive Materials – authorization to purchase Radioactive Materials must first be secured from the Radiation Safety Officer.

Select Agent, Recombinant DNA and BSL2 or greater organisms organisms – authorization from the Institutional Biosafety Committee must first be obtained prior to purchase of these materials

Animals – authorization from the University's Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) must be obtained prior to purchase

Chemicals and Gas Cylinders – authorization is not specifically required prior to purchase but each Principal Investigator must maintain an inventory and associated MSDSs for materials purchased and used in their research

Last modified: May 21, 2012
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